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Clementine and Cardamom Christmas Trifle with Amaretto and Pistachio

Clementine and Cardamom Christmas Trifle with Amaretto and Pistachio
December 2021
Reading time 5 minutes
This recipe takes the traditional trifle but gives it a Christmassy twist with additions of clementine’s, cardamom, amaretto and pistachio. Not only does it taste amazing, but it makes for a show stopping dessert at your Christmas table.
Preparation time
30 minutes
Cooking time
5 minutes, plus cooling
  • 10 clementines
  • 300g madeira sponge, cut into 2cm slices
  • 450ml whole milk
  • 250ml double cream
  • 6 cardamom pods
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 9 medium egg yolks
  • 75g golden caster sugar
  • 60g cornflour
  • 600ml double cream
  • 60ml amaretto
  • 100g icing sugar
  • Pinch of Maldon Salt
  • 3 tbsp amaretto
  • 25g pistachios, chopped
  • 5 amaretti biscuits, crumbled
  • 6-8 physalis, to decorate
  • Edible gold glitter, to decorate (optional)

Begin by making your custard. In a large bowl whisk together the egg yolks with the golden caster sugar until pale and thickened. Then add the cornflour and mix again. In a saucepan, heat the 450ml whole milk, 250ml double cream, six based cardamom pods and the vanilla bean paste gently until it reaches scalding point. Then remove from the heat and pour gradually into the egg mixture through a sieve to catch the cardamom pods, whisking as you go until all the milk and cream is added and you have a smooth mixture. Clean out the saucepan and the pour the custard back in. Place it onto the heat once more and gently heat over a low flame, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or spatula until the custard has thickened. 

Remove the custard from the heat and pour into a bowl. Use clingfilm to close cover the surface of the custard – this will stop it from creating a skin – and place into the fridge to cool. 

You will need a large trifle dish to assemble your dessert. Start with the clementine’s, peel them and cut into rounds roughly one centimetre thick. Place the slices of clementine around the bottom of the trifle dish so they stand up against the sides. Next take the slices of madeira cake and place into the bottom of the dish (these can be used to help stand the clementine slices up) and keep layering up until you have used all the cake. 

Next you want to drizzle the madeira cake layer with the three tablespoons amaretto. The next layer is the custard. Remove the cooled custard from the fridge and pour this over the cake layer. 

Finally add the 600ml double cream to a large bowl and add the icing sugar and a pinch of Maldon salt, then either using a balloon whisk or an electric whisk whip the cream until it starts to form soft peaks. Add the 60ml amaretto and whisk again – ensuring not to over whisk – you want medium peaks that aren’t too stiff. 

Spoon the cream over the custard layer and use the back of your spoon to create soft peaks in the top. Decorate the top of the trifle with crushed amaretti biscuits, chopped pistachios, physalis fruit and gold leaf, if desired. Serve.

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